Arts features

Hebburn: a British sitcom that avoids Jewish cliches

By Simon Round, October 19, 2012

Everyone has been attempting to get Jews into light entertainment and reality programmes recently, What with Grandma’s House, Strictly Kosher, Jewish Mum of the Year and Friday Night Dinner, the stereotypes have been flowing freely.

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Chaim Soutine: the artist who fell foul of the hygiene police

By Julia Weiner, October 19, 2012

You have almost certainly heard of Marc Chagall, and Modigliani may be a familiar name. But what about Chaim Soutine?

With the Ben Uri Gallery in London currently displaying a newly acquired Soutine painting, it is time to discover more about an artist, who, like his great friend Chagall, made his way from his home in Russia in the early years of the 20th century to study and work in Paris.

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New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.

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David Serero: French opera star in London

By Alan Montague, October 11, 2012

French baritone David Serero will be bringing his unique brand of opera to London next week. The singer, who has both performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and dueted with Jermaine Jackson, will be singing a wide range of material at a gala for Israeli food charity Meir Panim followed by a West End concert at the Dominion Theatre on October 18.

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Adi Nes's uneasy images of a changing Israel

By Anne Joseph, October 7, 2012

Village life can evoke a sense of charm, nostalgia or simplicity. Indeed, a first glance at Israeli artist Adi Nes’s latest photographic series, The Village — his first UK show — reveals images that appear shiny, lush, beautiful. But examine the pictures for more than a moment and the multi-layered complexities become apparent.

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Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'

By Stephen Applebaum, October 4, 2012

Josh Radnor is talking about alcohol. The actor-director and sitcom star has given it up and is finding life as a former imbiber difficult. “There’s some grief that goes with that change, because alcohol feels so kind of youthful and sexy and romantic,” he sighs, before confessing to a recent lapse in Paris when he indulged in a few glasses of red wine.

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Wolf Suschitzky: the man who invented wildlife photography

By Amanda Hopkinson, September 27, 2012

‘I’ve never ‘arranged’ my photographs, I’ve always been an observer.” So says Wolf Suschitzky, centenarian and ground-breaking photographer.

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Art House: the community's artists on show

By Julia Weiner, September 13, 2012

It made quite a picture. There they were — more than 200 artists, their families and friends crowded into the London Jewish Cultural Centre for the opening of the second Art House community exhibition last week.

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The dysfunctional New York family who won Neil Simon the Pulitzer

September 12, 2012

'Dying is easy,” Shakespearean comic actor Edmund Kean is supposed to have said on his death bed. “Comedy is hard”.

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Holocaust comedy? It's no joke

By Daniel Goldman, September 12, 2012

Heard the one about the six clowns that get put on a train to a concentration camp? No? So, the first clown says to second clown…

In fact, in the award-winning Holoclownsto, nobody says a word. You will soon be able to find this out for yourselves. Troupp Pas D’Argent, an acclaimed theatre company from Brazil, is bringing its clown show about the Holocaust to London.

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